Governor Kasich was in Fulton County recently for the GOP Fall Picnic and spoke about Ohio’s ongoing recovery. The Crescent-News has more below:
DELTA — “We’re doing better, so let’s talk about that,” said Gov. John Kasich to a group of 200 gathered Thursday evening at a GOP picnic and fundraiser held at Delta’s American Legion post.
During the hour-long speech, Kasich touched on a wide breadth of topics — from health care and education to the prison system and drugs — but paid special attention to jobs.
“So I come in, and we are eight billion in the hole — the largest deficit we’ve ever had — and we cleaned it up,” Kasich said, drawing applause from the crowd. “When I came in, 350,000 private-sector jobs had been lost. Ohio was dying, there wasn’t any question about it.”
Coming out of that hole, he said, is still a work in progress.
“As of last week, we have grown jobs by 162,000 to the plus side,” he said, adding he believes job creation is “our highest moral purpose.”
The reason? Stable jobs mean stable families, Kasich told the group, and stable communities too.
“When people work, mom and dad have a better marriage, kids have a better life — there is something intrinsically special about the dignity had by somebody who works,” Kasich said.
Acknowledging agriculture as the state’s economic foundation, Kasich pointed out that Ohio needs to appeal to, and support, a mixed bag of industries and businesses to secure its financial future.
“We don’t want Ohio to be an economic one-trick pony,” he said.
On education, Kasich highlighted the need to make sure the system operates in tandem with the work force to produce graduates with relevant skills.
“We have to make sure we are matching education and training with jobs that actually exist,” Kasich said, adding he believes it is critical that emphasis is placed on vocational education.
“CEOs across our country have moved us from the 48th most business-friendly state, to the 23rd,” Kasich said. “The signal to companies around the country, and around the world, is that Ohio is open for business.”
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